11 May 2021
Last Updated: 25 Jan 2021 | 10 min read
AR/VR solutions, at first glance, may seem quite expensive but they can help in cutting costs throughout the design and development phases of various products. Here you’ll learn why and how it does so.
Soon after their arrival, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality systems have been spreading across various business sectors. Industrial production firms are the first to take advantage of these unique and innovative technologies. The business owners of these organizations found considerable economic benefits after adopting them. With the targeted utilization of augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions, it’s possible to reduce the expenses associated with the design and development phases of almost any product. Users can also extend them to any section of their company, such as after-sales services, employee training, marketing, etc.
Now, companies of every size and scale are always on the lookout for solutions to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and retain their competitiveness. Both AR and VR are currently finding superb space in the manufacturing processes of business firms, particularly because they proved themselves to be of use to achieving company objectives and ensuring a relatively fast ROI.
(1) Product designing: Using digital technologies during the design phase of a product never experienced lagging ever since designers began using 3D CAD. It became the protagonist of the design stage. As digital evolution is always progressing, AR and VR are presently occupying the frontlines. Specialists describe Augment Reality and Virtual reality as part of the Industry 4.0 archetype. Manufacturing companies often use both to design boats, cars, aircraft, industrial automated systems, and other technologically enhanced products with complicated designs.
Virtual Reality systems come to the rescue at this phase and allow designers to delve deep into the project with a 360-degree view. With VR, they can reach previously-unreachable levels of contemplating the intricacies of the product. It even lets them skip an entire series of transitional steps characterizing the classic procedures of designing. The virtual environment makes it easier for designers to evaluate, improve, or authenticate a design. Furthermore, it facilitates comparison with the workers remotely. The best advantage offered by VR is that it eliminates the need to create several physical prototypes. Designers can check the efficiency of the product they wish to create virtually. Naturally, as a consequence, they manage to reduce expenses.
(2) Product manufacturing: Virtual reality keeps on displaying enhanced capabilities with every passing day. Among the latest features that captured the limelight, VR can help study and analyze every working process followed at factories. One can use simulations of working moments in VR to scrutinize the workers’ movements and estimate every possible production or ergonomic issue.
For instance, companies using Virtual Reality systems often study assembly-related operations within a virtually constructed laboratory. They do so to augment their designing standards and make production lines and work environments safer and more efficient. Upon combining 3D printing, full-body motion capture, and immersive VR, it becomes possible for them to analyze the position of the body, its posture, and every other force required in performing a specific task.
As soon as they pinpoint dangers or hurdles in the environment constructed in VR, they correct everything accordingly in the real world. Those who adopted VR aren’t experiencing as many accidents as they did before. Moreover, they got rid of ergonomic issues, optimized assembly processes, achieved high-quality final products, reduced the time-to-market clause, and, of course, cut costs that usually arise from unresolved problems.
(3) Employee training: Indeed, both AR and VR can prove exceptionally useful in training the employees of a production firm. VR training needs employees to learn and make appropriate decisions in a safe virtual world.
By using VR, they can practice all the tasks they have to do in the real world without facing any problems. Once they learn the best ways to avoid risks, the worker can handle his/her duty with proficiency. Companies that chose to invest in Virtual Reality systems to train their employees made the right choice. After all, the cost of developing VR solutions is significantly lower than compensating a worker for accident-related injuries. Appropriately trained employees are not only an asset to a company, but their presence also helps reduce management costs.
(4) Repairing and maintenance: As the owner of a business company, you’re aware of the importance of maintenance, repair, and after-sales services. You always rely on a technician for assistance regarding these operations. You even send the specialist to your customer’s site, as and when required. However, you can save money by offering assistance remotely and you have Augmented Reality to thank for it.
Theoretically, the customer will handle the maintenance and repair-related tasks without external support. A remote assistant will help your client. The customer’s technician will put on an Augmented Reality viewing machine, which leaves the hands of the specialist free. This worker will view everything in real-time, such as maintenance instructions, diagnostics, machine repairing methods, etc. Also, the remote assistant will deliver files, draw descriptive images, and converse with the technician.
The maturity of AR and VR technologies is apparent to those who are using them. They know that these two systems have the power to revolutionize almost every industry. Until now, numerous MNCs are using AR and VR to reduce production expenses and enhance production performance.
The best thing about these two solutions is that they are available at a lower price today. Also, the super-fast ROI generation capabilities of AR and VR will allow companies to compensate for the money they spend on their development. Technological innovations and interventions in every form can simplify life and work while saving time and money, and AR/VR technologies are the best examples.
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